Galette des Rois (Kings’ Cake) & Hot Chocolate Festival

Happy New Year everyone! January is the best month if you have a sweet tooth as two exciting events are happening!

Galette des Rois / Kings’ Cake

In France, a very important tradition to quickly let go of your New Year resolution to start a diet and to overcome back-to-work gloom is to indulge in la Galette des rois.

galette des rois 2 sizes

Made of two discs of flaky buttery puff pastry filled with frangipane almond cream, it is sinfully good and since it’s a seasonal cake, you have to fill up during the month of January!

The Galette des Rois is a celebration cake made to share with friends, family and colleagues. The tradition is part of the French Catholic background:  on January 6th, people were celebrating Epiphany (the 12th day after Christmas, when the three Kings brought gifts to the newborn Jesus, hence the name Kings’ Cake) with a cake. Inside the Galette is hidden a little object (originally a fava bean, hence the name “fève” in French, then it became a ceramic or plastic figurine) and whoever finds it becomes the “King” or “Queen” for the day and gets a paper crown to show it. Tradition has it too that the King or Queen throws another party and offers a galette to the unlucky guests.

To make sure nobody cheats (it sometimes happens that you cut on it and you know where it is), somebody cuts the galette while the youngest guest has to go under the table and is in charge of randomly distributing the slices amongst the guests.
When sharing a galette between grown ups, it is commonly agreed that whoever gets the fève will buy the next galette to share.

We have 3 sizes available until the end of January:
By the slice: $4.25 (may come with a fève, be careful when biting!)
3-4 servings (6″, please pre-order at least 48 hours in advance): $16.45
6-8 servings (9″, please pre-order at least 24 hours in advance): $32.50
(as usual, prices include tax)
All full galettes will come with a fève and a paper crown.
Orders may be placed by email or in person.

Hot Chocolate Festival

We are proud to participate for the 5th time in Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival! More than 20 participating venues and exciting enticing unusual gourmet hot chocolate flavours!

Here’s what we have in store this year, we hope to see you often to enjoy these exclusive hot chocolates that we only offer during the Festival (January 16 to February 14). By popular demand we are bringing back on the menu the Earl Grey infused milk chocolate (“Lord of the Hot Chocolate”), the Thyme & Orange dark chocolate (“Only Thyme Will Tell”). The other flavours are new creations and we’re so happy with the results, we hope you’ll love them as much as we do!

#1: “Bananas Gone Nuts”: Valrhona Milk chocolate with banana and hazelnut, made with French Made’s own chocolate-hazelnut paste (Nuciola). Served with a mini Nuciola brioche. January 16, 20, 24*, 28 and February 1, 5, 9, 13.

2016 Hibiscus raspberry dark chocolate-001* On January 24 from 2:30pm until closing there will be very limited seating available, the back of the café is reserved for a private event. We will still serve drinks and all our other treats to go and a couple of tables will be available at the front to dine-in.

 

#2: “Rose Mallow – Marshmallow” (dairy free): Valrhona Single Origin Venezuela 72% Dark chocolate with almond & coconut milks, with a dash of hibiscus & raspberry {Rose mallow is another name for hibiscus}. Served with strawberry marshmallows. January 17, 21, 25, 29 and February 2, 6, 10, 14.

 

2016 Dulcey Tonka Vanilla-001

 

#3: “Magic Beans”: Tonka & Vanilla beans-infused Varlhona Dulcey caramelized white chocolate. Served with rosemary & sea salt puff pastry sticks. January 18, 22, 26, 30 and February 3, 7, 11.

 

 

#4: {returning}: “Lord of the Hot Chocolate”: Earl Grey infused Valrhona Milk Chocolate. Available every day.

2015-2016 Dark chocolate thyme orange web

 

#5: {returning}: “Only Thyme Will Tell”: Varlhona single origin Venezuela 72% Dark Chocolate infused with Thyme leaves & Orange zests. Available January 19, 23, 27, 31 and February 4, 8, 12.

 

Food intolerances: all drinks do not contain gluten (but they are made in a kitchen where we handle wheat flour). Our kitchen is peanut-free but supplies like chocolate may have been exposed to cross-contamination risks at the manufacturer’s facility. Unless the drink recipe is made with non-dairy milks we are sorry but we won’t be able to offer a dairy free version of the drink. Our regular hot chocolate can be made dairy free though.

CHOCOLATE MAKES YOU HAPPY!

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